Testing & Diagnosis for Anxiety disorders in Children

How is an anxiety disorder diagnosed?

A child may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder if symptoms:

  • Are present for at least six months
  • Cause significant distress for the child
  • Do not go away, no matter how much the child tries to relax or stop worrying
  • Impair functioning at home, at school, or with peers

If my child is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, what happens next?

The clinician who evaluated your child will likely recommend that your child participate in therapy and possibly take anti-anxiety medication.